Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed Saturday morning in a dispute after a car accident, and the effects from the event have continued their ripple throughout the league.
Running back Pierre Thomas, who was Smith's teammate from 2007-2013 in New Orleans, was at the scene of the crime early that morning. His proximity to the crime scene has only made the pain and frustration over losing his friend more difficult.
Tuesday he posted a message to Instagram about the incident and his feelings regarding the entire situation.
"The last few days has been a whirlwind and I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I flew out of New Orleans last night and back to Chicago because I couldn't think straight... I witnessed a close friend, teammate and a man that I thought of as one of my big brothers in the NFL shot to death OVER A [FREAKING] FENDER BENDER!!!! Why!? I just don't get it... these images that I have in my head will never leave me and I understand that and will have to live with it. I want to thank each and everyone of you, my family, friends, fans and the entire Who Dat Nation for all of your thoughts and prayers.... But let's send them instead to Will's family- his wife and 3 kids who have to be strong during this difficult time.
"People!! When is this [stuff] going to stop? There is so much senseless killing going on in our world, and I'm not saying that I have the answers to fix it... but I am willing to do my part to help and find a solution. My heart is heavy and I wish I could turn back the hands of time, but what is done is done. Sadly my friend is gone but hewill never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Will."